High School Sports

Pine Crest baseball team tops Braddock; win streak at 6

Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest is proving itself a strong team both on the mound and at the plate.

And over the past few weeks, that prowess has the Panthers on one of the hottest winning streaks in Broward County.

Led by a combined one-hitter by Adam Saks and Sam Wurth, Pine Crest advanced to the semifinals of the HSBN March Madness Shootout spring break tournament with a 1-0 win over Miami Braddock on Monday afternoon at Monsignor Pace.

The Panthers (11-4-1), who are on a six-game winning streak and have won nine of their past 11, will play Mater Academy on Tuesday, likely at 4:30 p.m. at Archbishop McCarthy. Mater Academy (10-5) beat West Broward in another quarterfinal 7-2.

“We beat Benjamin on Saturday with our bats,” Pine Crest coach Wayne Stofsky said. “[Monday], against one of the best teams in Dade County, we did it with pitching and defense. Saks and Wurth were lights out. This is a huge win for our program.”

Pine Crest scored its lone run in the sixth inning. Saks went five innings, allowing the Bulldogs’ lone hit and striking out two. Wurth picked up the save with two no-hit relief innings.

The 32-team tournament, set up similar to the NCAA basketball bracket with two 16-team brackets seeded 1-16, began this past Saturday and had its share of “upsets” in its Gold bracket.

West Broward, a No. 16 seed beat previously unbeaten and top-seed Archbishop McCarthy, No. 15 Cypress Bay beat No. 2 TERRA and No. 14 Coral Gables beat No. 3 Flanagan.

RESURGENT CAVS

Coral Gables, which struggled to a 5-5 start after opening the season as the top-ranked team in South Florida, appears to be finding some rhythm.

The Cavaliers (9-5) won their fourth consecutive game by beating Belen Jesuit 11-2 to also advance to the semifinals.

Over the course of its recent winning streak, Gables has also defeated top South Florida teams such as Columbus and Flanagan.

Catcher and Mississippi State signee Elih Marrero was one of the Cavaliers struggling the most at the plate. After hitting .230 after 10 games, Marrero is 6 for 7 in two tournament games and 8 for 13 over his past four games.

▪  HSBN — Pine Crest 1, Braddock 0:

PC 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 — 1 3 1

BRA 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 1 3

WP: Adam Saks (1-0) 5 IP, H, 2 K's. SV: Sam Wurth 2 IP, 0 H, 1 K. PC 11-4-1.

▪  HSBN — Coral Gables 11, Belen 2: Tyler Santana (4-1) 6IP, H. Elih Marrero 4-4, 2B, 2R, 3 RBI. Anthony Valdez 3-5, 3 R. David Webel 2-2, R.

▪ Southwest 2, Rockledge 1 (at Central Florida Spring Break Slam in Orlando):

SW 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 — 2 4 1

RL 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 — 1 4 2

WP: Marcus Rabel 5 2/3 IP, 3 H. LP: Kasim Nabhan. Top Performers: Tony Gomez 2R 1B. Austin Sprinkle 2-4. SW 6-9. RL 13-2.

▪ SLAM 10, Mourning 6:

ATM 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 — 6

SC 4 0 2 4 0 0 X — 10

WP: Chris Galan 7 IP, 0R, 7 H. Top Performers: Jeter Downs 2-3, 2 R. Brian Frias 3-3, 2 R. Andrew Velez 1-2, 2 RBI. SC 12-6 (8-2).

▪ University School 2, Monarch 1: WP: Jesse Crosno (2-3) CG, 4 H, R, 4 K’s. Top Performers: Buddy Hayward 3-3. Julian Cabrera 1-2, RBI.

▪ Pines Charter 6, El Rancho 0: WP: Anthony Garcia (4-0), 6 IP, 0 ERA, 2 H, 8 K's. Top Performers: Peter Dourvetakis 2-3, R. Jordan Corona 3B, 3 RBI. PPC 10-2

▪ For Him Classic — Calvary Christian 13, Berean Christian 1: WP: Max Ramirez 4 IP, 0ER, 8 K’s. Top Performers: Tommy Taborda 2-2. Winn Allen 2-3.

▪ Manatee 1, Doral Academy 0: Top Performers: DA: Nelson Montilla 3-3, 2B. Carlos Pino H. Robert Laiva H. Luis Balvuena H. DA 8-6-1. ▪ Manatee 1, Doral Academy 0: Top Performers: DA: Nelson Montilla 3-3, 2B. Carlos Pino H. Robert Laiva H. Luis Balvuena H. DA 8-6-1.

SOFTBALL

▪ Archbishop Curley 18, Greater Miami Academy 3:WP: Ashley Savain (2-5) 7 K’s. Top Performers: Keyanna Fracois 4-4, 2B, HR, 4 RBI. Cecilia Saunders 3-4, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI. Shelbie Charles 3-3, 3 1B, 3 R. AC 4-10.

▪ Archbishop McCarthy 11, Lourdes 0: WP: Briana Dimler (12-6) 0H, 9 K’s. Top Performers: Elizabeth Vasquez 3H, 2 RBI, 2 R. Kaitlin O'Hara 2 H, 2 RBI. Andrea Lopez 2 H, HR, 3 RBI. AM (12-6).

BOYS’ VOLLEYBALL

▪ Archbishop McCarthy d. Cardinal Gibbons (25-21, 30-32, 25-20, 25-22): Corry Short 28 kills, 9 digs, 7 points. Dillon Dannehauer 46 assists, 7 digs, 2 kills, 3 points.

The Miami Herald’s South Florida Top 10 rankings

BASEBALL

1. St. Thomas (12-1)

2. Arch. McCarthy (13-2)

3. TERRA (12-3)

4. Braddock (11-3)

5. West. Christian (13-3-1)

6. Flanagan (10-4)

7. Killian (11-4)

8. Gulliver (12-4)

9. Douglas (12-3)

10. South Dade (10-4)

Under consideration: Goleman (10-2), Pine Crest (10-4-1), West Broward (8-5), Doral (7-5-1), Coral Gables (8-5), Columbus (12-5).

SOFTBALL

1. Am. Heritage (15-0)

2. C.S. Charter (17-0)

3. Coral Reef (12-1)

4. St. Thomas (14-2)

5. Gulliver (12-3)

6. Pem. Pines Charter (15-2)

7. Doral (13-4)

8. Florida Christ. (10-5)

9. Western (13-4)

10. Cooper City (14-4)

Under consideration: Westminster Christian (9-6), Douglas (16-4), Palmetto (11-4), Archbishop McCarthy (11-6), Chaminade (16-3), Monarch (17-2).

Last week’s best Miami-Dade performances

TEAMS OF THE WEEK

The Northwestern girls’ and the Booker T. Washington boys’ track and field teams each won GMAC championships. For Northwestern, the title was its seventh in a row. The Bulls were led by La’Kayla Harris, who broke a meet record in the 200 meters to win one of their seven individual titles. Booker T. won its second GMAC title in the past three seasons led by Vaquan Small, who won the 800 meters and the high jump.

The Krop boys’ and Palmetto girls’ tennis teams won the GMAC championships. Emma Petersen led team sweeps of Miami High and Dr. Krop for Palmetto. Arman McClane and Fabrice Bissainthe led Krop’s boys to a tough 4-3 win over Mourning after a sweep of Coral Reef.

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Julian Infante, Westminster Christian, baseball: Infante went 6 for 8 with two doubles and seven RBI to lead the Warriors to wins over Pembroke Pines Flanagan and SLAM Charter.

Karli Smith, Florida Christian, softball: Smith went 2 for 4 and picked up the pitching victory to lead the Patriots to a 6-5 win over Pembroke Pines Charter.

Melody Grafals, Doral, softball: Grafals went 3 for 3 with two RBI to lead the Firebirds to a 7-3 win over Westminster Christian.

Jahn Lozada, St. Brendan, boys’ volleyball: Lozada had 54 kills and 22 digs combined to lead the Sabres to wins over St. Thomas Aquinas, Sunset and SLAM Charter to win the Bronze championship of the Jungle Queen Invitational.

Santiago Nunez, Belen, boys’ water polo: Nunez had a combined five goals to lead the Wolverines to wins over Gulliver and Ransom.

Cara Mullery, MAST, girls’ water polo: Mullery had eight goals, 12 assists, eight steals to lead the Makos to a 22-10 win over Miami High.

Alex Gonzalez, Columbus, boys’ lacrosse: Gonzalez had eight goals and four assists to lead the Explorers to a 19-17 win over Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest.

Anthony Concepcion, Ferguson, badminton: Concepcion won his singles match 21-13, 24-22 against Palmetto.

Angelica Gutierrez, Mater Academy, flag football: Gutierrez threw two touchdown passes and ran for another to lead the Lions to a 34-0 win over Keys Gate.

Andre C. Fernandez

Last week’s best Broward performances

TEAM OF THE WEEK

Krystal Sparling won the 100 meters (11.65, U.S No. 1), 200 (24.04) and led the winning girls’ 400-meter relay team (47.01), and Rasheed Tatham led the boys’ 1,600-relay team to victory to help the St. Thomas Aquinas track team to a sweep of the BCAA titles.

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

Griffin Conine, Pine Crest, baseball: Conine went 2 for 4 with a HR and 3 RBI to lead the Panthers over Chaminade 11-9.

Damion Thomas Jr., Northeast, boys’ track: The star sophomore won the 110 hurdles (13.74, U.S. No. 1) 300 hurdles (37.39, U.S. No. 4) at the BCAA championships.

Kaitlin O'Hara, Archbishop McCarthy, softball: O’Hara hit a home run and had three RBI to lead the Mavericks over Martin County 6-4 in the Battle of the Beach championship.

Austin DeBruyne, Sagemont, boys’ tennis: DeBruyne won at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles to lead the Lions over Westminster Academy 4-3.

Amanda Hesler, Stranahan, flag football: Hesler had two touchdowns, three interceptions and 161 receiving yards to lead the Dragons (5-0) over Fort Lauderdale 18-13.

Samyr Santos, West Broward, baseball: Santos drove in the go-ahead run in the 12th inning to lead the Bobcats (8-5) a 4-2 victory over Archbishop McCarthy in the HSBN baseball championships.

Kimani Rushing, Hallandale, girls’ track: Rushing won BCAA titles in the long jump (19-2, U.S. No 1 non-wind aided), triple jump (39-8), 100 hurdles (13.96, U.S. No. 4) and 300 hurdles (42.07, U.S. No. 1).

Kaela Bynoe, Douglas, girls’ tennis: Bynoe won at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles to lead the Eagles over rival Coral Springs 4-3.

Jason Woodburn, Westminster Academy, boys’ water polo: Woodburn had five goals to lead the Lions (9-2) over Fort Lauderdale 16-9.

Allison Muraskin, Coral Springs Charter, softball: Muraskin scattered three hits, struck out 11 and drove in a run to pick up a 5-0 victory over South Sumter in the Brooksville Tournament championship.

Fabian Lyon

THE MIAMI HERALD’S SOUTH FLORIDA TOP 10 RANKINGS

BASEBALL

1. St. Thomas Aquinas (12-1)

2. Archbishop McCarthy (13-2)

3. TERRA (12-3)

4. Braddock (11-3)

5. Westminster Christian (13-3-1)

6. Flanagan (10-4)

7. Killian (11-4)

8. Gulliver (12-4)

9. Douglas (12-3)

10. South Dade (10-4)

Under consideration: Goleman (10-2), Pine Crest (10-4-1), West Broward (8-5), Doral (7-5-1), Coral Gables (8-5), Columbus (12-5).

SOFTBALL

1. American Heritage (15-0)

2. Coral Springs Charter (17-0)

3. Coral Reef (12-1)

4. St. Thomas Aquinas (14-2)

5. Gulliver (12-3)

6. Pembroke Pines Charter (15-2)

7. Doral (13-4)

8. Florida Christian (10-5)

9. Western (13-4)

10. Cooper City (14-4)

Under consideration: Westminster Christian (9-6), Douglas (16-4), Palmetto (11-4), Archbishop McCarthy (11-6), Chaminade (16-3), Monarch (17-2).

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